Keep Praying, Praising and Paddling
Wednesday, September, 17, 2014 | 3:45 PM | by asmith
Frank Icenhour was facing a large and potentially fatal problem.
The day started with sunshine and the prospects of having fun with friends on Myrtle Beach. Frank took his four-foot, inflatable raft and decided to cool off in the refreshing surf even though he had very limited swimming abilities. Quickly the dream day turned into a nightmare. Although 15-year-old Frank stands 6’4” and weighs 240 lbs he was no match for the riptide that snared his small raft and pulled him away from shore. His desperate cries for help were drowned out by the crash of the waves and the noise of distracted sun bathers.
“I started panicking the first five minutes,” he told the Sun News of Myrtle Beach. “Then I just calmed down and tried to relax and pray.”
Frank spent the next 14 hours clinging to his four-foot raft – paddling, praying and praising. He sang “Amazing Grace” and other hymns. He endured stings from jellyfish and bumps from sharks.
After 14 hours in the water, a charter boat captain spotted the teenager adrift. Frank was six miles from the shore and 11 miles up the coast from where he went in.
Frank’s terrible ordeal teaches us how to respond to a difficult situation. When you feel panic arising in your spirit, activate Philippians 4:6-7 – “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything and the peace of God that surpasses understanding will keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” Frank overcame his fears and in faith, he kept praying, paddling and praising God until his rescuing agent arrived. So calm down and carry on.